Congress Govt Set a New Benchmark for Development: Mukul Sangma

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An overwhelmed Soradini K Sangma, mother of Conrad Sagma, who was sworn in as the Meghalaya Chief Minister on Tuesday, said it was a dream come true for the family.

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation".

Sarma told the reporters that at the moment we have support of 34 legislators so far, but some more are expected to join our alliance. Congress with 21 seats was marginally ahead of Conrad Sangma's NPP in Meghalaya but BJP support in wooing allies tipped the scales in favour of NPP.

Agatha, 37, said she is happy that Meghalaya will be now ruled by an able administrator like Conrad and assured the people of good governance, which she claimed was so far lacking in the state.

Asked about the challenges of running a coalition government, the 40-year-old Tura MP said, "It is not an easy task".

HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit, who lost in the election, stated before media that it was not the job of the UDP to decide as to who would be the leader of the NPP and the chief minister of the state.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong and was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national President Amit Shah and chairman of the North East Democratic Alliance Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Meghalaya is one of the five states now held by the Congress. the other states are Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram and Puducherry.

Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel had rushed to Shillong on Saturday, along with former minister Kamal Nath, to attract the very three regional parties that made a decision to go with NPP along with some independents.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders came in the way of the Congress as the saffron party with just two MLAs managed to cobble up an alliance with the NPP (19 MLAs) and other regional parties.

The NPF will sit in the Opposition despite emerging as the single largest party by winning 27 seats. Even though BJP managed only 2 seats in the state, it is part of the Government. BJP had won only two seats.

"I want to say that we as a cabinet, as a government and in fact all the MLAs and political parties will work together to take our state forward", he added.

Sangma, 40, who is now a Lok Sabha member from Tura, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Prasad at the Raj Bhavan, reports PTI.

Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today tendered his resignation to Governor Tathagata Roy. Though it sailed with NDPP into the election, BJP is now in a position to decide who is a better partner in the long run.

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